From the north-eastern side one enters Bethlehem via the suburb of Beit Sahour. On a late afternoon, we are on our way to a site, referred to as the Shepherd's Fields. Yes, there are cats in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem is for the most part a Palestinian city and very close to Jerusalem. Many inhabitants of Bethlehem make their economic contribution in Jerusalem. They have to cross the West Bank barriers to go to Jerusalem. Naturally a source of irritation. More about this stuff at a later stage.